WASHINGTON ― Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is already utilizing her new perch on the Home Oversight Committee to host a pity celebration for the mob rioters who ransacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Throughout a committee assembly on Tuesday, Greene in contrast the police killing of Tyre Nichols throughout a visitors cease in Memphis, Tennessee, to the police taking pictures of Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt as she tried to interrupt into an inside room of the Capitol.
Rep. Jasmine Crocket (D-Texas) had spoken out towards Republicans’ choice to disband an oversight subcommittee targeted on civil rights, mentioning Nichols’ demise as one thing the subcommittee might need investigated.
“Miss Crockett, I do agree with you about Tyree Nichols’ death,” Greene stated. “I watched the video, and it was tragic and extremely difficult to watch.”
However Memphis is a metropolis managed by Democrats, Greene stated, and the officers who beat Nichols have been Black, so it “isn’t an issue of racism or anything like that,” she stated.
“But I’d like to also point something that I’d hope you share with me: There’s a woman in this room whose daughter was murdered on Jan. 6, Ashli Babbitt,” Greene continued, having apparently invited Babbitt’s mom to attend the listening to.
“As a matter of fact, no one has cared about the person that shot and killed her. And no one in this Congress has really addressed that issue,” Greene stated. “And I believe that there are many people that came into the Capitol on Jan. 6, whose civil rights and liberties are being violated heavily.”
The Capitol Police and the Justice Division each cleared the officer who shot Babbitt. She had been making an attempt to climb by way of the smashed window of a doorway to the Speaker’s Foyer simply outdoors the Home chamber. Police had barricaded the door to maintain the rioters out.
“The actions of the officer in this case potentially saved Members and staff from serious injury and possible death from a large crowd of rioters who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol and to the House Chamber where Members and staff were steps away,” the Capitol Police said after completing a review in August 2021.
The Justice Division said in April 2021 its investigation “revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber.”
5 Memphis cops have been charged with murder for beating Nichols for a number of minutes after a visitors cease earlier this month, a state of affairs not remotely just like the mob siege of the Capitol.
Greene is a conspiracy theorist whom Democrats blocked from serving on committees within the earlier Congress due to her previous threatening commentary about her fellow lawmakers. She and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) have claimed the Donald Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol had been manipulated by secret FBI brokers quite than incited to violence by Trump’s election lies.
Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated final yr Greene might serve on committees if Republicans gained the Home, and Greene pushed for a seat on the oversight committee in order that she might spotlight the supposed mistreatment of rioters like Babbitt.
Greene told HuffPost last year that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the second-ranking Republican within the Home, advised her he would help an oversight committee investigation of “political prisoners” held at D.C. jail.
Home Oversight chair James Comer (R-Ky.) was noncommittal about investigating the plight of Capitol rioters.
“We look into a lot of things that sometimes they may get to the next level of an investigation, and sometimes we just feel we don’t feel like we’ve got enough to go to an investigation,” Comer advised HuffPost in November. “So if that’s important to her, then that’s something that I’m sure that we’ll look at.”